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Meaning of TRUSS

Pronunciation:  trus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
  2. [n]  a framework of beams forming a rigid structure (as a roof truss)
  3. [n]  (medical) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure
  4. [v]  support structurally, of roofs or bridges
  5. [v]  secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"
  6. [v]  tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking

TRUSS is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: bind, corbel, tie down, tie up
 See Also: bandage, bracket, chain up, confine, cul de lampe, fasten, fix, frame, framework, framing, hog-tie, hold, hold up, restrain, secure, support, sustain, tie, truss bridge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Truss\, n. [OE. trusse, F. trousse, OF. also tourse;
    perhaps fr. L. tryrsus stalk, stem. Cf. {Thyrsus}, {Torso},
    {Trousers}, {Trousseau}.]
    1. A bundle; a package; as, a truss of grass. --Fabyan.
             Bearing a truss of trifles at his back. --Spenser.
    Note: A truss of hay in England is 56 lbs. of old and 60 lbs.
          of new hay; a truss of straw is 36 lbs.
    2. A padded jacket or dress worn under armor, to protect the
       body from the effects of friction; also, a part of a
       woman's dress; a stomacher. [Obs.] --Nares.
             Puts off his palmer's weed unto his truss, which
             bore The stains of ancient arms.      --Drayton.
    3. (Surg.) A bandage or apparatus used in cases of hernia, to
       keep up the reduced parts and hinder further protrusion,
       and for other purposes.
    4. (Bot.) A tuft of flowers formed at the top of the main
       stalk, or stem, of certain plants.
    5. (Naut.) The rope or iron used to keep the center of a yard
       to the mast.
    6. (Arch. & Engin.) An assemblage of members of wood or
       metal, supported at two points, and arranged to transmit
       pressure vertically to those points, with the least
       possible strain across the length of any member.
       Architectural trusses when left visible, as in open timber
       roofs, often contain members not needed for construction,
       or are built with greater massiveness than is requisite,
       or are composed in unscientific ways in accordance with
       the exigencies of style.
    {Truss rod}, a rod which forms the tension member of a
       trussed beam, or a tie rod in a truss.
  2. \Truss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trussed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Trussing}.] [F. trousser. See {Truss}, n.]
    1. To bind or pack close; to make into a truss. --Shak.
             It [his hood] was trussed up in his wallet.
    2. To take fast hold of; to seize and hold firmly; to pounce
       upon. [Obs.]
             Who trussing me as eagle doth his prey. --Spenser.
    3. To strengthen or stiffen, as a beam or girder, by means of
       a brace or braces.
    4. To skewer; to make fast, as the wings of a fowl to the
       body in cooking it.
    5. To execute by hanging; to hang; -- usually with up.
       [Slang.] --Sir W. Scott.
    {To truss a person} or {one's self}, to adjust and fasten the
       clothing of; especially, to draw tight and tie the laces
       of garments. [Obs.] ``Enter Honeysuckle, in his nightcap,
       trussing himself.'' --J. Webster (1607).
    {To truss up}, to strain; to make close or tight.
    {Trussed beam}, a beam which is stiffened by a system of
       braces constituting a truss of which the beam is a chord.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A device used to hold a hernia or organ in position.